Chocolate pairing in Cape Town

Chocolate tastes better, paired with your favourite tipple

Not just a tempting aphrodisiac, chocolate pairs well with a variety  of liquors. It makes sweet work of your glass of dry red wine, enhances the fruit flavours in your tumbler of whisky and complements the spice, vanilla and cinnamon notes found in brandy.

Waterford Wine Estate
Along the dust road, lined with citrus trees and lavender is the lavish, Mediterranean-style mansion, Waterford. A dedicated wine expert pairs three unique wines with fine Belgian chocolates, either by the fireplace, or in the outdoor, Tuscan courtyard. We lingered a little longer at Waterford.
Cost: R60.
When: Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm and on Saturdays, between 11am and 3pm.
What to try:
the chocolate, mocha flavours of the Kevin Arnold Shiraz fuse with the comforting Asian spices of Masala Chai Dark Chocolate.
Blauwklippen Road | Stellenbosch | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 880 5303

Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery
At the Van Ryn Brandy Distillery, brandies are twice distilled in traditional copper potstil and aged in 340 litre, air-dried oak barrels, imported from France. Their brandy, coffee and chocolate pairing couples three potstil brandies with hand-made Belgian chocolate, served with single-plantation, Honduran coffee.
When: Monday to Friday, between 8:30am and 4:30pm and on Saturday, between 09am and 2pm.
Cost: R60.
What to try:
12 Year Old Distillers Reserve’s rich flavours are best complemented by handmade, Belgian chocolate.
Aan-de-Wagenweg | Stellenbosch | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 881 3875

Creation
The beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has exceptional wine growing conditions. Taste Creation Voignier, Creation Merlot and Creation Syrah Grenache, are paired with different flavour profiles of chocolate, which match each of the wines.
When:
every day, between 9am and 5pm, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Cost:
R80 per person.
What to try:
Richard Tomes and Richard von Geusau combine two different chocolates of origin with freeze dried plums and pink peppercorns - a chocolate recipe perfectly matched to Creation Syrah Grenache 2009.
Hemel en Aarde Road | Hermanus | Western Cape | +27 (0)28 212 1107

Klipdrift
The legendary range of brandies at this Robertson distillery are still made to the original specifications of founder, JP Marais. You’ll receive complimentary tastings of three brandies, paired with sweet and savoury nibbles, as well as a tour of the distillery.
Cost: R30, until 30th June 2011, and R35, from 1st July 2011.
When: Monday to Friday, between 8am and 5pm, Saturday between 9am and 4pm, and Sundays between 10am and 3pm.
What to try: Klipdrift Gold paired with a dark chocolate truffle.

4 Vortrekker Street | Robertson | Western Cape | +27 (0)23 626 3027

Bascule Bar
Whisky tastings led by an experienced sommelier are a specialty at this lively and vibrant bar overlooking a private V&A Waterfront marina. Learn about the art of distilling and how to appreciate six different styles of whisky, plus the bar stocks over 400 different whiskies from all corners of the globe.
Cost:
R175 per person.
When:
at your leisure, from Saturday to Thursday. Book in advance.
What to try:
Glenmorangie's richness, due to the sherry soaked barrels, pairs seamlessly with chocolate truffles.
West Quay Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 410 7082

Newton Johnson Wines
DV Chocolate is pure in its ingredients, using only cacao and a little sugar, which makes pairing different flavours of cacao with naturally made, Newton Johnson wines, a unique experience. Taste five Newton Johnson wines and five chocolates.
Cost:
organized group tastings, for six people or more, are charged at R35 per person, but casual visitors may taste wine and chocolate for free.
When:
between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday and between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays (closed on public holidays.
What to try:
Newton Johnson Syrah Mouvedre with Soa Tome. Both are spicy in character. Read more about chocolate tasting at DV.
R320 | Hemel-en-Aarde Road | Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley | Hermanus | Western Cape | +27 (0)87 808 1616

KWV
One of South Africa’s leading wine and spirit producers pair KWV 5 Year Old, KWV Ten Year Old, KWV 15 Year Old and KWV 20 Year Old Brandy with chocolates sourced from Huguenot Fine Chocolate in Franschhoek. Ladies who’ve now discovered a wonderful dessert, without the dishes, leave delighted.
When: Monday to Saturday, between 9am and 4pm and Sundays, between 11am and 4pm.
Cost: R35 per person.
What to try:
KWV 10 Year Old brandy is complex, with rich flavours of dried fruit, peaches and apricot, nuts and spice; best paired with fine Belgian Milk Chocolate, which enhances purity and creates an even smoother and mellower feel on the palate.
KWV Wine Emporium | Dr AJ Du Toit Building | Kohler Street | Souther-Paarl | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 807 3120

Jorgensen’s Distillery
Owners, Roger and Dawn Jorgensen, hand craft premium spirits, including Primitiv Vodka, absinthe, limoncello and potstill brandy, made from botanicals grown on their property. Casual tasters can sample their entire range, which will soon include a gin.
Cost:
free of charge.
When:
by appointment only.
What to try:
Jorgensen’s amber Savingnac (cognac), with notes of rich brown spice, followed by dense toffee hazelnut and vanilla, is best paired with light and moist, homemade chocolate brownies.
Versailles Farm | Regent Street | Wellington | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 864 1777

By Lisa Nevitt

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